Carlton Cole: West Ham striker accepts charge for Twitter abuse

Carlton Cole
Cole has previously been fined £20,000 by the Football Association for comments he made on Twitter in 2011

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has accepted a Football Association charge for directing abusive comments towards a Tottenham supporter on Twitter.

Cole's expletive-laden response to the fan followed a 2-2 draw between the Hammers and Spurs on 22 February, a game he had played in.

An FA independent commission will now meet to decide his punishment.

In April 2011, Cole, 31, was fined £20,000 for comments he made on Twitter during England's friendly with Ghana.

On that occasion, he wrote: "Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap!

"The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face w/ the St George's flag!"

He later deleted the comments and apologised, describing them as a "light-hearted joke".

Cole has made 17 appearances for the Hammers this season and scored three goals.